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Leicester see off Owls’ stiff resistance

Leicester City 2:1 Sheffield Wednesday

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City came within touching distance of promotion, beating a spirited Sheffield Wednesday side 2-1 at the KPS on Friday night…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to the side that drew at Wigan with Wasilewski,  Schlupp, James, Drinkwater and Mahrez all back in the side.
And City got off to a great start, going ahead in the 10th minute.
Wood sent Mahrez in down the right, and he cut in left before curling a precise shot beyond the reach of Kirkland.
Despite City being in charge of the first half, and changes for Knockaert, Nugent and Wasilewski coming and going, the Owls hit back with a 37th minute equaliser.
Antonio cut in from the left before firing in a hard and low shot which Schmeichel got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Palmer then took a yellow for the team crashing into Mahrez on the halfway line when a beautiful touch looked to have sent him clear.

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City kept pushing forward after the break, and their efforts were rewarded on the hour. Mahrez was brought down 20 yards out and Knockaert delivered a perfect free-kick into the top left hand corner to restore the lead.
Nugent then went close with a fierce drive, but City couldn’t add to the scoreline and had to be wary of the occasional threat from Wednesday.
During the six minutes of time added on there was a frantic scramble in City’s goalmouth which saw efforts from Lee, Best and Antonio blocked by Schmeichel, Wasilewski and Morgan all within three seconds.
But City survived that to take the points, in their 21st consecutive unbeaten game.
Depending on Saturday’s results they might already have done enough to be promoted to the Premier League…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Schlupp, Knockaert (Dyer 90), Mahrez (Hammond 79), Wasilewski, Nugent, Wood (Taylor-Fletcher 59). Subs Not Used: King, Moore, Logan, Phillips.  
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Antonio, Onyewu (Llera 46), Maguire, Mattock, Lee, Palmer, Lavery (Nuhiu 72), Loovens (Coke 57), Best. Subs Not Used: Johnson, Helan, Martinez, Afobe.

Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 26,103.

All photos: Simon Kimber


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Boardroom Restructure Predicted at Leicester

According to the Daily Telegraph there are to be some big changes at the King Power Stadium with former Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards being asked to lead City into the new Financial Fair Play era…


The 70 year old former Sheffield Wednesday chairman, who is expected to replace Vachai Srivaddhanaprabha, will be joined by Terry Robinson, recently of Stoke City’s Academy who will have a brief to remove the highest earners from a hefty wage bill.

They are both expected to be officially appointed on July 1.

Here are some comments about Richards from around the internet…

* “Richards was a director of companies involved in engineering, telecommunications and water and waste treatment, several of which entered administrative receivership or were dissolved…”

* “It emerged from the Hillsborough Independent Panel enquiry in September 2012 that Richards, who was the Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday from March 1990 to February 2000, had refused to put up a memorial at Hillsborough, on legal advice, for the 96 Liverpool supporters that died on the 15th April 1989 at the Hillsborough ground.”

* “Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards has apologised for his comments about FIFA and UEFA.
Speaking at a conference in Qatar he said: “England gave the world football. Then, 50 years later, some guy came along and said, you’re liars, and they actually stole it. It was called Fifa.”
Richards later claimed his comments were “light-hearted” and said he would write to UEFA and FIFA.”

* “Dave Richards destroyed Sheffield Wednesday to such a degree they are barely recovering even now. The fact he got knighted and is in this job can only be explained by David Icke.”

* It was déjà vu in Doha for Sir Dave Richards on Tuesday night after he embarrassed the Premier League for a second successive year at Qatar’s annual Securing Sport conference. Almost 12 months to the day since he fell face first into a fountain pool and was forced to apologise for accusing Fifa and Uefa of stealing football from the English, the outgoing chairman of the Premier League went off message again…

* As a long time Wednesdayite its been sickening to see Richards prosper whilst leaving Wednesday in ruins. He’s a disgrace. Is there any wonder The FA and national team are such a shambles when people like him are in charge of it all?

* Nonsensical, extravagant contracts given to expensive, non-proven Premiership players were just a few of the disastrous executive decisions to be made under Richards’ reign which were to haunt this Club to this very day.

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Leicester’s malaise continues with home defeat to Owls

Leicester City 0:1 Sheffield Wednesday

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City lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday at the KPS on Saturday, Connor Wickham netting the only goal of the game…

Nigel Pearson made two changes with Marshall starting ahead of Knockaert and Schlupp recalled from a spell at Manchester United to fill in for the hamstrung Konchesky at left-back.
Nugent had the first decent chance of the game but his shot was tipped over by Kirkland.  Then Keane got onto the end of a Marshall cross but was narrowly off-target.
Wednesday, roared on by a large and lively crowd who had exhchanged smoke bombs with L1,then had a chance – Lita shold have done better with a header from an Antonio cross.
De Laet then carved out two opportunities for himself down the right, but was denied by Kirkland on both occasions and the sides went in goal-less at the break.
The second half saw Marshall beating his marker and crossing from the right, but Kane planted his header a few agonising inches over the bar.
Soon after Antonio was sent through one-on-one against Schmeichel but the Dane was equal to the challenge.
On the hour Pearson brought Knockaert on for Kane  and a lively spell ensued Marshall firing over the bar while at full stretch. But too often Knockaert ran himself up a cul-de-sac as the frustration grew.
With 20 minutes left, Wednesday delighted their following by taking the lead.
A Buxton cross was flicked on by Antonio at the near post for Wickham to knock it home at the far post.  It was a disaster fro City and they didn’t recover from it.
Marshall was replaced by Gallagher but still City couldn’t get going.
A King header hit the post but City never really applied a great deal of pressure on th eOwls defence despite sending Morgan, and then Schmeicel forward.
To make matters worse De Laet was stretchered off down the tunnel late on, surrounded by medics.

Wednesday held on to their precious points and City fans are left wondering what on Earth has happened to our season?

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (St Ledger 86), Schlupp, Drinkwater, Morgan, King, Keane, Marshall (Gallagher 74), Nugent, Kane (Knockaert 61), Wood. Unused Subs: Whitbread, Vardy, Logan, Waghorn, Wellens.
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Helan, Gardner, Llera, Pugh, Lita (Semedo 79), Antonio, Johnson (Wickham 59), Prutton, Lee. Unused Subs: Bywater, Taylor, McCabe, Johnson, Madine.

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Attendance: 24,883.

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* If there’s anyone in your life who attended football when it was still good (60s- 80s) buy them this book and they’ll love you forever.

* I don’t even follow football anymore but I love this book. It’s packed with memories of the game when it was a simpler more enjoyable (to me anyway) sport.

* Superb stuff. Anyone who grew up in the seventies with even a passing interest in football, let alone City, will love this book.

* I utterly and completely love it… so much stuff in there that I’d pretty much forgotten about, but which is a joy to rediscover.

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Mandaric Era Ends on Monday

Reports from Sheffield are claiming that Milan Mandaric has agreed an £8M deal to buy Sheffield Wednesday.

Although a contract has been signed the takeover must be rubber-stamped by the club’s shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting, but no obstacles are foreseen.
A club spokesman for Wednesday issued a statement that will sound familiar to Leicester City fans: “Milan has had to put his hand in his pockets. He’s had tremendous feedback from Wednesday fans since becoming involved and that made him more determined to do the deal.”
Mandaric has agreed a £7M settlement with the Co-operative Bank, who were owed £23M.
If all proceeds as planned Monday night’s derby against Nottingham Forest at the Walkers Stadium will be the 72 year old Serb’s last as City chairman. 
Although financially better off City are in more or less the league position where Manadaric found us four years ago; and a scattergun approach to managerial appointments led to the club being relegated to the third tier for the first time in our history.  
Even when Mandaric eventually stumbled upon the right man, in the form of Nigel Pearson, his relationship with him deteriotated until Pearson was effectively forced out of the club despite reaching the play-offs.
The abiding memory of the man will be that of his double-talk: one day insisting that Paulo Sousa must be given more time and the next day sacking him first thing in the morning. And just recently he claimed that he was in no way involved in talks with Sheffield Wednesday…

Good luck Wednesday… you’ll need it.


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Mandaric Era Almost at an End?

Leicester Chairman and former owner Milan Mandaric is on the verge of taking over Sheffield Wednesday, according to reports today…

With the Owls facing a winding-up order over an unpaid tax bill of £600,000 on Wednesday, the club’s main creditor, the Cooperative Bank, will attempt to elect a new buyer on Tuesday.

According to Sheffield sources there are three bids in contention and Mandaric’s proposal is the favourite…


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Owls See off Foxes

Sheffield Wednesday 2:0 Leicester City

It was not a happy homecoming for Nigel Pearson with a poor performance from City seeing them go down 2-0 at Hillsborough… 

The traditional curse kicked in immediately with Nigel Pearson and Paul Gallagher named the Championship’s manager and player of the month for February… neither man had an afternoon to remember.
City were unchanged from the side that beat Forest, but they appeared to be caught cold by Wednesday, who charged forward right from the kick off.
In the first minute Weale had to be sharp to block a low shot from Clarke, and the pressure stayed on City’s goal until Wednesday took a 6th minute lead.
A ball into the area from Potter took a deflection into the path of Clarke who hammered it past Weale for an emphatic finish.
Tudgay then went close with an effort across goal, with City looking a little bewildered at this stage. 
They managed to get a grip on proceedings after the ten minute mark however, and went in search of an equaliser.  
Gallagher, fed by Dyer, fired a shot over the bar when well placed. 
When City did manage to get through a well drilled Owls defence they found keeper Grant in excellent form. Twice he denied Waghorn, and one save especially was superb with him diving low to his right to get a hand to the ball when it looked destined for the net.
City suffered a further setback on the half hour when the ever present Weale picked a up facial injury at the feet of Tudgay and the City keeper had to make way for Logan.
Wednesday had offered little but some heavy tackling since their lively opening spell but they took their lead down the tunnel at half time.
The Owls then started the second half as they had the first with City stretched by some good attacking moves.
Logan made a good save from Johnson and Wednesday kept the pressure on with three corners.
On the hour Wednesday doubled their lead when Johnson broke down the right and crossed for Clarke to finish from close in. They had gone through City like a knife through butter with neither Brown or Morrisson showing enough presence.
City desperately needed a goal at this stage but Dyer’s fine effort was tipped over the bar by Grant for another excellent save.
Wednesday sat back defending the vital lead they needed to hold on to in their relegation battle and City couldn’t convert pressure into goals. Waghorn ran his socks off as usual but bounced off a blue and white striped wall, and Kermorgant, on for Gallagher, sent a couple of chances over the bar. There was no way through.
The large City following had nothing to cheer all afternoon and the eight game unbeaten run was over, but in this division days like this come along every now and again. 

Sheff Wed: Grant, Purse, Spurr (Simek 46), Nolan, Beevers, Johnson (Varney 69), Potter, Miller, O’Connor, Tudgay, Clarke (Soares 82). Subs Not Used: Jeffers, Gray, McAllister, O’Donnell.
Leicester: Weale (Logan 31), Brown, Berner (Howard 69), Hobbs, Morrison, King, Oakley, Wellens, Dyer, Gallagher (Kermorgant 69), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Solano, Bruce, N’Guessan, Adams.

Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 21,647.

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